A proper punch
Auto Today|October 2021
Tata Motors has just launched the Punch compact SUV, the production version of the HBX concept from Auto Expo 2020. How has it turned out?
Rahul Ghosh

Tata Motors stole the show at the last Auto Expo by showcasing the Tata HBX, a small SUV which sure looked ravishing thanks to the macho tyres and off-road accessories bolted on to it. The vehicle also looked amazing at that time and we were extremely pleased that it had been ‘green flagged’ and was heading towards the production line. Now, the production version has hit showrooms and is called the Tata Punch.

The Punch is immediately recognizable as a Tata SUV. Much like the Harrier and the Safari, the Punch too gets a set of sleek DRLs on top and boxy projector headlamp units on the bumper below. The fog lights too sit within the bumper. But what adds to the flair of this rather small vehicle are the black plastic claddings found all across. The raised bonnet line not only looks good, but also aids visibility for the driver and passenger. In profile one can spot the rather high 187mm of ground clearance which should allow the Punch to take care of the biggest speed humps without fuss. Additionally Tata designers have been able to manage rather tight overhangs. With a approach angle of 20.3-degree and a departure angle of 37.6-degree, the Punch is ready to take on most challenges. Additionally a ramp over angle of 22.2-degree helps it further and should allow drivers to have some proper adventures. It will also be apt to mention here that the Punch can also wade through 370mm of water. 16in alloys spruce up the overall look of the vehicle. At the back too the Punch looks cool and this is enhanced by the threetone colour of the vehicle.

WE ARE ALSO HAPPY TO REPORT THAT THE QUALITY OF MATERIALS USED HAS IMPROVED DRASTICALLY AND THIS IS A GOOD THING

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